Frank Miller Talks How To Fix Batman

“Sin City” and “300” creator Frank Miller reinvented Batman and the entire comics industry in the 1980s with his seminal work “The Dark Knight Returns,” a comic that has had a big influence on the Batman films – most notably the current incarnation in the DCEU films with Ben Affleck in the role.

Appearing at Lucca Comics & Games this week in Europe, Miller spoke with Variety who asked him if he had his way, where would he take the “Batman” movie franchise today. His response:

“My dream would be to make it much smaller. To lose the toys and to focus more on the mission, and to use the city a great deal more. Because he’s got a loving relationship with the city he’s protecting. And unlike Superman his connection to crime is intimate; it has been ever since his parents were murdered. And he defeats criminals with his hands. So it would be a different take. But it will never be in my hands, because it would not be a good place to make toys from. There wouldn’t be a line of toys.”

At one time Miller was attached to the Darren Aronofsky-directed film adaptation of his own “Batman: Year One” comic, a version Warner Bros. Pictures opted not to make. Was that smaller scale approach one they intended to use in the film?

“That screenplay was based on my book ‘Batman: Year One,’ and yeah it was much more down to earth. In it a fair amount of time is spent before he became Batman, and when he went out and fought crime he really screwed it up a bunch of times before he got it right. So it was 90-minute origins story.”

In the same interview Miller says he’s heard rumors of another “300” sequel, but he’s not a part of that and as of right now has “nothing in progress” in terms of film projects.